3 arrests in Morocco for clothes that are ‘too feminine’
Middle East / North Africa

3 arrests in Morocco for clothes that are ‘too feminine’

Police in Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch, in the Meknès region of Morocco, recently arrested three men on charges of homosexuality and wearing “clothes that resemble those of women.” Activists at the Akaliyat collective, which combats discrimination against sexual and religious minorities, denounced the arrests. Witnesses at the scene said there was “no reason” for the … Continue reading

Arrest of 2 girls highlights Morocco’s anti-LGBT persecution
Middle East / North Africa

Arrest of 2 girls highlights Morocco’s anti-LGBT persecution

The recent arrests of two teenage Moroccan girls for alleged homosexuality is part of a much larger problem, the Moroccan LGBT collective Aswat says. International attention has focused on Morocco’s anti-LGBT law because two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, were arrested in Marrakesh after a relative photographed them kissing on a rooftop. The relative … Continue reading

Moroccan police arrest two teenage girls for homosexuality
Middle East / North Africa

Moroccan police arrest two teenage girls for homosexuality

Police in Morocco arrested and jailed two teenage girls last week on homosexuality charges, the Moroccan news website Yabiladi reported. Sometime later, the girls were granted provisional release in advance of a court hearing scheduled for today [and later rescheduled for Nov. 25.] As of Nov. 5, a French-language petition seeking the girls’ immediate unconditional … Continue reading

Africa / Middle East / North Africa

As Morocco reviews its laws, 2 jailed on gay-sex charge

Morocco has imprisoned two men on homosexuality charges at a time when the Moroccan parliament is considering changes in the Penal Code, Human Rights Watch reported today. Many local organizations are urging parliament to drop the law’s anti-LGBT provisions. This is HRW’s press release: Morocco: 2 Jailed for Homosexuality Parliament Should Decriminalize Same-Sex Acts Moroccan … Continue reading